The agreement was reached during a visit to Morocco led by Ato Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia's Minister of Finance, and accompanied by officials from the Ethiopian Chemical Industry Corp. (CIC), the Ethiopian Agricultural Businesses Corp. (EABC) and the Ethiopian Mineral, Petroleum and Biofuel Corp. (EMPBC).
The visit was used to discuss and reach an agreement to execute a Joint Development Agreement to establish an Ethiopian joint venture company for the implementation of a project that will establish a local fertilizer plant in Ethiopia. The agreement is based on Feasibility, Conceptual, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and hydro and geotechnical studies that have been conducted. According to the agreement an integrated fertilizer complex will be established in Dire Dawa, using local resources (Ethiopian gas and Moroccan phosphoric acid).
The project will have an initial estimated investment of approximately US$2.4 billion during the first phase to develop a 2.5 million t fertilizer production unit, combining urea and NPK/NPS products, and which could reach a production capacity of 3.8 million tpy, for a total investment of up to US$3.7 billion during the second phase.
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